Gosh, I’m glad I didn’t drop €1,200 on a new 1.8metre dish – the expected signal reduction did happen, and most of the 1.8m dishes have gone off.
The lower third of the country has lost all BBC. Dishes of 3 metres are receiving no signal in Costa Del Sol. Most dishes in the Málaga region are 1.2m (1.3m vertically) which will just get the Europe beam used by Sky’s pay channels. However, no BBC, ITV, Channel Four and associated channels will be received. If you have an Irish Sky card you will be able to watch C4, E4 More 4 Ireland. The only ITV channels which can be received are ITV 2,3,4 in HD as part of the Sky HD pack.
The cut off point seems to be around Mojácar. To the north, some dishes are still working. To the south, there are no reports of any dish of any size still receiving the BBC. In Quesada, 1.8m is OK, as is a 1.9m in Alicante. In Benidorm, 1.2m is OK. Mazarrón seems to be OK with 1.8m. A 2.4m in this region gives good rain margin.
In Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque country, many dishes have stopped working. 1.2m to 1.5m may now be needed. Galicia now needs 1.5 metres, as does northern Portugal. In León, a 1.5 receives nothing, as does an 80cm in Vitoria-Gasteiz. In the Balearics, many dishes are still working.
Barcelona and Catalunya are now in a dead spot, with no measurable signal. Previously, 80-90cm dishes were used. The signal starts to appear north of the French border. Southern Catalunya is better, around Tortosa 1.8 m dishes are working. There are reports of people planning 3.0 metre dishes in Catalunya. It remains to be seen if they will work.
Then the came for the satellite broadcasts.